Young Hearts & Minds

Build Resilience // Beat the Trauma // Break the Cycle

The Young Hearts & Minds conference appeals to those with a passion for the well-being and mental health of children and young people. Young Hearts and Minds brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from the World’s leading experts in complex trauma and recovery.

Experience a rare opportunity to listen to progressive techniques and explore new methodologies on how to start the healing process and beat the long term impact of early trauma which can have a serious impact on children’s development, throughout their youth and into adulthood. The teaching and learning at the conference will help you to develop resilience under pressure and inspire you to make change.

Trauma can trigger many painful emotions and unless we start to heal these emotions, they can become stuck in our bodies and minds.

This one day conference takes place on 22nd June 2021 at the ICC Belfast. There will be access to learning, networking and promoting the good work that is happening in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Look deeper into ACEs, attachment and trauma, enhancing your overall development. You will gain the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of the children and young people in your community, classroom and place of work. Be empowered to create a lasting difference for future generations.

Benefits of Attending

  • Learn from the world’s leading experts on how to reduce and treat the effects of childhood adversity.
  • Become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive by understanding what trauma does to young people.
  • Hear how it can be healed and how to act to help prevent it.
  • Develop effective interventions and conversational tools at experiential sessions with local organisations that will make a difference on the ground.


Tickets are now available

Event Speakers

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author
Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities.

Dr. Siegel’s psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over 70 textbooks. Dr. Siegel’s books include his five New York Times bestsellers: Aware: The science and practice of presence; Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.: The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Power of Showing Up also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D., The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit: and

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator
Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far-ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. He is also the author of many other books on the subject including “The Body Keeps The Score”.

Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His current research is on how trauma affects memory processes and brain imaging studies of PTSD.

A former Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry, Bessel van der Kolk has served as president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, medical director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts, director of the Complex trauma Network within the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at The Meadows drug rehab and psychological trauma treatment center in Arizona.

Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert
Margot Sunderland

Author and Child Mental Health Expert

Dr Margot Sunderland is Co- Director of Trauma Informed Schools UK, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children, teenagers and families. Margot is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries.  Her internationally acclaimed book, “What Every Parent Needs to Know” (Dorling Kindersley) won a First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards and has been voted as one of the best brain books of our time by The Dana Foundation. Dr Sunderland has been studying the neuroscience of adult- child relationships for 17 years.  Trauma informed Schools UK has provided trauma informed training to school staff in  over 500 schools in the UK and to over 1000 students at Sheffield Hallam University ( teacher training at every level).

Karen Treisman

Clinical psychologist, Author
Karen Treisman

Clinical psychologist, Author

Karen Treisman is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She also is the author of 8 books, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, and of 3 sets of therapeutic card decks.

Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor
Éadaoin Bhreathnach

Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor

Éadaoin Bhreathnach is an Occupational Therapist & Attachment Counsellor, based in Northern Ireland. She is a visiting Lecturer on the M.Sc. Attachment Studies Course, University of Roehampton, London. Éadaoin developed her clinical model Sensory Attachment Intervention (SAI) as a result of working with children and adults who were resistant to intervention. She identified that when sensory regulation was done with the support of attachment figures, it enabled both self and co-regulation.  Éadaoin is the author of the Scared Gang Series. The characters help children and parents recognise their survival patterns and how to achieve regulation through the use of food and play.

Schedule for 2021

22nd June 2021

  • Registration
    08.30 - 09.15
  • Welcome by Member of Action Trauma Team & opening item
    09.15 - 09.30
  • Keynote 1 - Bessel Van Der Kolk Understand & Recognise the Long Term Impact of Early Trauma
    09.30 - 10.45
  • Break & Networking
    10.45 - 11.15
  • Keynote 2 - Margot Sunderland Demystify mental health & empowering professionals working with young people to know how to relate and what to say to children and teenagers suffering from mental health problems.
    11.15 - 12.30
  • Lunch Break (Lunch included)
    12.30 - 13.15
  • Keynote 3 - Eadaoin Bhreathnach How to Enable Narrative Expression and Affect Regulation
    13.15 - 14.30
  • Keynote 4 - Karen Treisman Develop and Learn Creative and Expressive Tools for Supporting Self-Esteem, Confidence and Self Worth
    14.30 - 15.45
  • Break & Networking
    15.45 - 16.15
  • Keynote 5 - Dan Siegel Flipping Your Lid - A Practical Guide to Self-Regulation & Co-Regulation
    16.15 - 17.30
  • Conference Finish
    17.30 - 17.30
No events available!

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be lunch available?

Yes we will be serving lunch to all attendees between 12.30pm and 13.15pm. Refreshment stations will be available on all floors throughout the day.

What time is registration on the morning of the event?

Registration will open from 8.30am to 9.15am. We encourage attendees to make sure enough time is allocated for parking, arrival and walking to the building. If you would like to ‘fast track’ on the morning of the event, please insert your postal address when registering online. We will send out your lanyards and welcome pack so you will not have to wait in line. If you have already registered and would like to use the fast track service, please email with full postal details and we will update your registration details.

Is this event CPD Accredited?

Yes, all of our events through 2021 are accredited from internationally recognised organisation: The CPD Standards Office. You will receive a total of 8 CPD points for attendance of the Young Hearts and Mind’s 2021 event. You will be sent your certificate of attendance after the event on 24th June 2021 through the email address which you registered with.

Where is the ICC Belfast located?

ICC Belfast is conveniently located within a 10-minute walk of the city centre. The entrance to ICC Belfast is located beside the river Lagan, overlooking picturesque views of the river, this entrance is aptly named the Riverside Entrance.

The address is: 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH.

Is parking available at the ICC?

ICC Belfast is located within the heart of the City Centre which offers visitors access to a wide range of car parking facilities within walking distance to our Convention Centre.

APCOA Parking Lanyon Place – The car park is surrounded by shopping centres, places to eat and located just 100 metres from ICC Belfast.

The Hilton Belfast – The Hilton Belfast multi-storey car park is just a 4-minute walk to ICC Belfast.

The current hourly rate for the car parks within Lanyon Place and the Hilton is £2.50. Special rates are available for evening parking in both Lanyon Place and Hilton car parks. Park between 5.30pm and midnight and pre-pay £7.50 for your stay.

I have accessibility needs, will I be able to navigate my way through the building?

The ICC is a state-of-the-art building which is tailored for accessibility throughout all the floors. There are escalators and lifts conveniently placed throughout the building to ensure that attendees have peace of mind when attending an event.

Where can I book my ticket?

You can book your place for the event here. If you are a government-based organisation and you need an invoice to proceed with payment, please send us an email at and we will be able to get that set up for you.

*Please make sure that all information is accurate and up to date when entering your registration details, including full name (as will be printed on the ticket and certificate) and email address (double check all details are correct before submitting your entry).

What should I expect?

Expect a full schedule of dynamic thought leaders and experts in the field of Trauma. Bring with you a thirst for knowledge, a willingness to network and connect to your wider community and an openness to develop skills that you can use throughout your career.

What should I wear?

Attire will be business casual, please make sure you are comfortable at all times. There will be walking between rooms so make sure that you have comfortable footwear. The Weather is Belfast in June is moderate with a temperature between 12-17 degrees, so layers are recommended.